Lockdown got you missing your city? It’s okay – it misses you too! These local treats will cure homesickness.
The Flinders Street Station nanoblock
Hands up who would love to look up at those famous clocks right now? If you’re missing that iconic domed beauty, you can build your own nanoblock version. Featuring 430 pieces and retailing for $24.95, it’s the perfect lockdown project. Pre-order now from Hearns Hobbies.
The Flinders Street Station jigsaw
A perennial Instagram favorite, this famous landmark night time lighting is also captured in a new jigsaw puzzle created by Melbourne photographer Chris Cincotta. There’s also black and white prints available on his website Melbourne I Love You, one of many stunning sights his lens has captured across the city.
Melbourne tram merchandise
Buy a miniature W class tram – put it next to your favourite coffee cup to remind you of your workaday ritual. Grab yourself some tram socks from Melbournalia. Wriggle your feet into them and you’ll feel them running along Spring Street to catch the 96 before it turns down Bourke. Or browse the 12 pages of tram inspired merch by Lumbi including tote bags, cushions, pencil cases, and cuff links.
Melbourne mixtape cocktail pack
You may not be able to visit Melbourne’s hidden bars but they can still come to you. Three words: tiramisu milk punch. Got your attention now? The Melbourne Mixtape cocktail pack has all this and more, featuring bespoke blends from the city’s coolest venues. Like Bar Americano’s signature drink: a mix of house distilled Italian bitters and vermouths. All profits go straight to the bars, so they can keep on trucking until you can visit IRL again.
Street art inspired chocolate bar
If you love the laneways so much you just want to eat them, Chocomama’s Hosier Lane chocolate bar is brushed with colour, just like the real thing. Or go for a regal flavour with the Royal Arcade inspired block. It comes in milk chocolate, 60%, 85% and an intense 99% dark choc.
Melbourne laneways jigsaw and prints
Melbourne’s cobble-stoned laneways are a world-famous wonderland of hidden treasures. Revisit bustling Centre Place during the lunch rush with a beautiful print from Melbourne I Love You. Or, set aside some weekend time to complete one of their 1000-piece laneway jigsaws.
Sensory Lab lattes in your living room
Lattes, soy caps, long blacks and dirty chais – Melbourne is top notch when it comes to all things coffee. And some of the most beloved coffee experts in town are from hole-in-the-wall Sensory Lab. Bring their best beans straight to yours with a regular subscription delivery. Then get the good gear and peruse the equipment section, featuring everything from sleek milk-steaming jugs to travel-friendly Aeropress kits.
Chin Chin cookbook
All the flavour, none of the queueing. That’s the promise of Chin Chin’s classy monochrome cookbook. Make sticky ribs, Son in Law eggs, authentic noodles and more from their famous ‘Feed Me’ menu. Buy now and they’ll even throw in a free $20 gift voucher for any Lucas Group venue. Not sure if your dishes hit the mark yet? Better order some Chin Chin delivery for a taste test.
Fed Square accessories
Want to get the Fed Square experience at home? Pull your iPad out from your Federation Square iPad cover and check out the amazing online events they’re offering. Then bag yourself a Federation Square tote bag for your next masked-up trip to the supermarket. Both feature the pointed geometric lines we’ve come to know and love about our city square.
More Melbourne at home:
- Write a lockdown story in a hand-printed Melbourne journal from Melbournalia.
- Send a graphic-designed postcard to a friend who’s outside your 5-kilometre radius. Available from Milligram.
- Settle in with a beautiful photographic book featuring all your favourite city streets as captured by Melbourne I Love You’s Chris Cincotta.
- If you’re missing laneway nightlife, let an ACDC Lane table lamp from Lumbi shine down on you.
Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 restrictions. Please note businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice: check with individual businesses. Make sure that you live within 5kms of the business before ordering for takeaway or click and collect. Observe the curfew from 8pm to 5am, and other restrictions. Please, be smart, be safe and follow directions from the Victorian Government.